Google+ 07/22/13 Be Ready!

Luke 12:35-36




“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning,

As though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast.

Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks."


Our Scripture today says, "Be Ready!"  Most of us have no idea how to be ready.  A majority of the problem in today's world is that we are not ready for anything.  Our nation is not ready for peace or war.  The United States has not been ready for prosperity or poverty for many years.  For that reason, when either of them arrive, we don't know what to do.  During the real estate boom of the late 1990's and early 2000's, refinancing was rampant and property values went through the roof in most regions of the United States.  All of the components of the real estate market scurried to catch up, which generated many poor, unprepared decisions.  When the bottom fell out of the real estate market in the past few years, the government felt the need to step in and "rescue" people.  Our lack of preparation in this area has led to a real estate market that has never recovered and may never be the same.  It has been nine years here in Central Florida since we have had a major hurricane.  For that reason, when we are warned about being ready,  we have a tendency to not listen as we do not see a "storm" as imminent.  Luke tells us today that our lamps need to burn twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week.  We need to be prepared to welcome Jesus back whenever He comes.  I fully understand that those precious souls that saw Jesus ascend, started "waiting" the minute Jesus left their presence.  They truly believed that Jesus would return that very day, or at least very soon.  In leading worship this week, we sang "Soon and Very Soon."  The song tells us we will see God in Heaven very soon.  We need to be ready, even if we are to wait another 2,000 years.  Luke implies that we won't be ready to accept, recognize, or welcome Jesus when He comes back if we are not prepared now.  As it applies to hurricanes, there are tangible things we must do.  We need to accumulate food, water, gasoline, a generator, supplies and equipment that operates without the need for electricity.  We can make a check list and be completely prepared.  We need the same list for Jesus's second coming.  We need to make sure that we are in a right relationship with God.  That means loving our neighbors as ourselves.  That means fixing broken relationships with our family.  That means offering forgiveness of what others have done to us and repenting for what we have done to them.  That is why Jesus encouraged us to pray the Lord's prayer.  The "readiness training" is included in that prayer.  Today, make sure you admit and realize that the storm is coming.  As G.I. Joe says, "Knowing is half the battle!"  Execute God's plan for readiness.  Keep your lamps burning and stay dressed in the full armor of God.  If we do this, Jesus will be welcomed with open arms and we will hear Him knocking at the door.  "Be Ready!"